"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's Confirmed! Totalitarian Democracy Alive and Well in Education.

We change the quote at the top of the MEW page from time to time and our current heading reads:

Is this Arne's Duncan plan for public education?

Totalitarian democracy is a term made famous by Israeli historian J. L. Talmon to refer to a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government."

We may have been on to something other than common sense understanding of what is happening in public education; we now have a legal opinion confirming what we've been writing and saying in this blog.

Read this from Utah's Republic:


DOE Transition to Tyranny

1 comment:

  1. (disclaimer, I'm tired today so excuse my idiocy...) I clicked on the nces link and holy moly. Are they really collecting this stuff? I can hardly believe it. And why? What's the point?
    How can I ensure my son (when school age) is not "in the system"? (Private school? Home school?) No one needs to know most of that stuff but me. The school (and not the state IMHO) can know my child's emergency contact, name, and teacher, that's about all.


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